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School on course for ‘outstanding’ grade

Staff and students at Broomfield Secondary School in Wilmer Way, Southgate, N14, are celebrating as inspectors recently declared it a ‘good’ school.

“Our next step is to ‘outstanding’’’ said the headteacher, Peter Travis.

Two years ago inspectors graded Broomfield as ‘requires improvement’ and since then the school has made rapid progress; it has now been recognised by Ofsted as a ‘good’ school.

Headteacher, Peter Travis, is praised for his strong leadership and for the support of his senior management team, which has been the driving force in this improvement.

He said, “Our aim now, is to become an ‘outstanding’ school. With the dedication of our staff and governors; the enthusiasm of our students and the support from Enfield Council’s School Improvement Service, I am confident that we are on course to achieve this. Parents too, are supporting the school and making a big contribution to our growing reputation.”

The Ofsted report notes that student progress has shown big improvements with most students now making at least expected progress or better in most subjects.

For instance, Ofsted notes that in the summer 2014 progress measures show Broomfield School significantly above the national scores in its best eight subjects

Inspectors highlight the progress in English and particularly the rapid improvement in mathematics; and students who speak English as an additional language are making better progress than the national average.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, said, “I am delighted that everyone at Broomfield has made such a great effort. The report notes that young people at Broomfield behave well in lessons and support each other and that their performance is improving. I have no doubt that the school is well on the way to achieving its aim to be ‘outstanding’.”

Significant teaching improvement and a focus on learning is supported by a high quality training programme for all staff.

Governors are knowledgeable and effective, both in supporting the school and challenging leaders to ensure that they remain focused on school priorities.

School leaders and governors are now planning together to make further improvements to gain an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grade.

To do so the school must:
• further improve sixth form standards
• ensure that achievement in English is as rapid as it is in mathematics
• ensure that all teaching is consistently good or better
• ensure that progress of the most able students is as good as progress of the other groups
• reduce exclusions and improve attendance.

Peter Travis, said, “We are determined to deal with these five issues which will be addressed within the next year”.

Published Thursday, 09 July 2015

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